International Child Protection Advocacy Month
How can you help kids feel safe in today’s troubled world?
4 important steps you can take to quickly make a difference in children’s lives!
In today’s troubled times, more than ever, all children need to know that they can turn to and trust an adult for help. Will you take a few minutes to learn about and share these 4 important steps that can make a lasting difference in a child’s life?
September is Child Protection Advocacy Month! Our goal is to encourage every adult – parent, teacher, mentor, safety officer, neighbor, everyone – to make SURE that the children and teens in your life can count on you for help. We invite you to help transform the fear of bullying, violence, and abuse into a future of lifelong safety and success for today’s youth.
1. Make SURE kids KNOW you CARE!
Share and discuss the ‘Kidpower Protection Promise’ with everyone you know, kids and adults alike:
“YOU are VERY important to me. If you have a safety problem, I want to know – even if I seem too busy, even if someone we care about will be upset, even if it is embarrassing, even if you promised not to tell, and even if you made a mistake. Please tell me, and I will do everything in my power to help you!”
2. Listen. Notice. Pay Attention.
Know what to look out for:
- Listen when kids tell you about their problems.
Say, “Thank you for telling me.”
- Notice when young people or their adults seem sad, upset, or alone.
Say, “I care.”
- Pay attention to harmful behavior.
Say, “That’s not safe.”
Or, “That seems disrespectful.”
Or, “This is against our values.”
3. Reach out. Step in. Get help.
Do something to make a difference.
- Reach out by asking and listening.
Say, “What’s going on? What will help make things better?”
- When you can, step in powerfully and respectfully to stop unsafe or disrespectful behavior.
Say, “That doesn’t look safe!”
- Get help when you don’t know what to do.
4. Prepare kids with knowledge and skills
Empower young people to take charge of their safety and well being.
- Tell kids often,
“You have the right to be treated with safety and respect – and the responsibility to act safely and respectfully towards yourself and others.”
- Teach kids how to prevent and solve problems with people. Practice with them so that they know exactly what to do.
- Guide kids to uphold these values and use these skills in daily life.
1. Watch the Kidpower Protection Promise Video
It takes 1 minute to watch.
Then please share it on social media to help us get the word out.
2. Free Posters You Can Download & Print
3. Free Safety Handouts and Tips you can use
- 7 Steps to Take When a Child Asks for Help
- Kidpower Safety Tips for Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Other Caregivers
- Fullpower Personal Safety Tips for Teens and Adults
- Safety for Kids on the Way to School Checklist
- People Safety Bill of Rights for People with Disabilities (and for Everyone, Everywhere)
- Confident Kids Posters and Teaching Guides
4. Free Skills and Coaching Guides
Use our illustrated Skills Guides and teach kids how to:
- Protect themselves from hurting words
- Stop unwanted touch
- Stay safe in public
Use our Coaching Guides:
- FREE during September: Kidpower’s 30-Skills Challenge Coaching Guide, available in English, Spanish, and Arabic
Download the Kidpower 30-Skills Challenge Coaching Guide for free (a savings of $14.99). This promotion ends September 30, 2017.
- Our free Confident Kids posters and teacher’s guide are used by schools, therapists and parents worldwide.
Kidpower Coloring Books – Available in 11 languages!
5. Share the News for a free ProMembership
Share our press release and resources for International Child Protection Advocacy Month on your social media or through your media contacts to inform and inspire others.
Then, send us a link to the public social media, website post, or news article where you shared.
We will give you FREE professional membership for one year (a 1099 $USD value) to our Kidpower Online Library with hundreds of resources.
Together, we can all make a difference in children’s lives!
Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International is a global nonprofit leader in child protection, positive communication, and personal safety education for more than 28 years – inviting caring adults everywhere to join families, schools, organizations, institutions, and companies in protecting and promoting the safety and well-being of young people.
If you would like to join us in furthering this exciting initiative, please contact us at [email protected].
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